Raising Monarchs from Kit

countrynaturals(9b)April 7, 2014

I'm thinking of buying one of those kits for raising a few monarchs from larvae, to release in my garden. (I'm in Northern California.) I have 2 small pots of milkweed about 6" tall, and more on the way. Is that enough? Any advice or suggestions?

TIA,

Suz

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Michaela .:. thegarden@902 .:. (Zone 5b - Iowa)

Hi Suz,

What I have read is that each monarch caterpillar will consume 20 or more large leaves. Hope that helps you!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 9:13PM
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Leafhead

Those kits usually contain enough food for four or so mature caterpillars. (More commonly, you'll find Painted Lady kits.)
The idea is to provide for returning ELFs and future generations.
Have plenty of native Milkweed planted on hand. Be wary of purchasing Milkweed in Big Box stores and nurseries that may use pesticides.
You're better off driving out to the country and collecting your own Milkweed. You may even find some caterpillars to raise.
Also, have plenty of nectar plants on hand that correspond with their migration, such as Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 4:17PM
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